'I am much stronger and quicker' - Walcott warning after Arsenal comeback

Theo Walcott has been speaking about his return to action this evening.

Tonight saw Arsenal welcome back Theo Walcott to action, as the England winger returned after over nine months out with a knee injury suffered against Tottenham Hotspur in the FA Cup.

He played 45 minutes against Blackburn Rovers in and under-21 game earlier in the evening - coming off for Alex Iwobi at half-time.

He had one chance that went close and certainly has not lost any of his electric pace.

After the game he spoke to Sky Sports about his return to action - revealing his happiness at returning, and that he suffered no adverse reactions on his comeback:

"It's been a hard, long, nine months and I have to say thank you to all the Arsenal medical team. Without them and my family behind me I would not be able to do what I have done. So I have to thank them massively.

"It means the world [to be playing again]. I've had so much support and that is right from the start of the injury. You know it is nice, but it is just great to go out there and kick a ball and enjoy it. It's not just a job it is something I enjoy doing. I have thoroughly missed it and I just want to get back fit, so yeah it looked very good tonight. I'm very pleased.

"No not at all [no problems with the knee]. I just need to go out there and play the best I can to my ability. You know I don't even think about injuries or little knocks or things like that. When the adrenaline is in your system you don't think about things like that you just think about the game. That's what I did tonight and I got through it.

Walcott did not give any update on when he will be back in action. But he has promised an even faster model upon his return - a truly frightening prospect:

"It has been difficult. It has been a good opportunity for me to work on something I have never been able to work on before. You know my leg strength, I missed put on that at academy level. So I have been in the gym with the physios and managed to come back much stronger and quicker.

"Yes I am very excited, it was nice to actually put on the Arsenal shirt again."

Arsenal fans will be very excited to see him in first-team action once again.

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